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Scientists Develop Fertility Chip

Oct 31, 2011
Sperm quality is one of the most important factors that affect couple's chances of conceiving a baby.

Loes Segerink, a at MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology in the University of Twente, came up with a smart chip that will be able to tell about sperm count and sperm motility. The fertility chip will become widely available as a home test to men, who want to know their chances of becoming a father.

The innovative chip analyzes two sperm characteristics: concentration or sperm count, and sperm motility. The sperm flows through a special liquid-filled channel beneath the electrodes, which measures the concentration of sperm. The device also sorts out motile sperm from non-motile, giving the correct answer to men's vital questions. The fertility chip can become a reliable, inexpensive and easy test that every man can perform at the comfort of his home.

Currently, there are a number of home fertility kits that allow men to find out about their sperm count, but the new chip is claimed to be even more accurate.

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